January 3 – 9, 2020
Edition 88

Minnesota Latinx Insights

This Weekly Newsletter shares local and national trends and events of interest to the Latinx community and those who feel Latinx.

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This Week’s Highlights

Julián Castro, who dropped out of the Democratic presidential race last week, threw his support Monday behind Sen. Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts. Castro, who was Housing and Urban Development secretary under President Barack Obama, said in a video that he and Warren “share a vision of America where everyone counts, an America where people — not the wealthy or well-connected — are put first.” He also mentioned the “strong women” — his grandmother and mother — who raised him. “There is one candidate (Warren) I see who is unafraid to fight like hell to make sure America’s promise will be there for everyone,” Castro says in an attempt to inspire the Latinx community to still vote.

The New Year is finally here, and 2020 looks to be a fantastic time for Latinas. This year’s Rose Bowl Parade served as the 3D vision board because everywhere on that parade route was inspiring Latinx talent. The 2020 Rose Bowl Parade Grand Marshal was none other than living icon Rita Moreno. Serving as co-Grand Marshals in the California annual parade that takes place in Pasadena was actress Gina Torres and Olympic gymnastic star Laurie Hernandez. ¡Fantástica!

Here’s a final dose of Latinx inspiration for you – 70% more Latinos earned degrees in the past decade than any previous decade. Last month, the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) released a comprehensive data analysis on the state of education across all educational levels, and it appears enrollment of Latino students at college campuses has increased. While we’re jumping for joy regarding this increase, the Latino student population as a whole still lags behind the enrollment rate of other groups. The same pattern exists with the number of college degrees awarded to Latino students. Here’s to hoping that things improve for Latino students in 2020.

Around the World

On Tuesday, Venezuelan opposition leader Juan Guaido reclaimed the National Assembly that he heads, pushing past armed guards two days after President Nicolas Maduro’s loyalists blocked him from attending his own re-election. Guaido and his allies burst through the legislative palace’s doors minutes after a pro-government group led by lawmaker Luis Parra, who had claimed the presidency of the body, scurried to a next-door building for refuge. Guaido climbed to the dais and took the microphone as opposition lawmakers sang the national anthem, which includes the words “Death to oppression.”

Let’s take a look a Puerto Rico. A 6.4 magnitude earthquake rumbled across Puerto Rico on Tuesday, killing at least one person and knocking out power to virtually the entire island of more than 3 million. An aftershock three hours later registered at magnitude 6.0. The temblors came one day after the island was shaken by a 5.8 magnitude quake that crumbled homes and triggered states of emergency across the island. Tuesday’s quake was the largest in a series that have struck the U.S. territory in recent days and caused heavy damage in some areas, forcing more than 300 Puerto Ricans to leave their homes and seek refuge.

And the Golden Globe Goes To…

Did you catch the 77th annual Golden Globes last Sunday? The Latinx nominees included Jennifer Lopez and Ana de Armas. Lopez was nominated for Best Performance by an Actress in a Supporting Role in any Motion Picture for her work in Hustlers. De Armas received the nomination for Best Performance by an Actress in a Motion Picture, Musical or Comedy for her work in Knives Out.

As far as last Sunday’s winners, neither of them won, and it proved to be the same old performers – except for Awkwafina, who made history as the first actor of Asian descent to win in a lead actress film category for her role in The Farewell, and Ramy Youssef for being the first actor of Egyptian descent for winning Best Performance by an actor in a television series for Ramy. As for Latina entertainers, it was a bit more complicated to take home the win due to such little representation. People are highly criticizing the predominately white winners, stirring controversy in the Hollywood Foreign Press Association.

Café Libre

Welcome to Café Libre, a weekly program in Spanish where you can keep up to date with the latest things that are happening in Minnesota on local issues, politics and the issues that matter most to you like health, immigration and education. Tune in every Saturday at 10am for the latest events at Univision Minnesota and also in collaboration with your online media source New Prensa. Pour a cup and join the conversation!

Art & Entertainment

January, traditionally Minnesota’s coldest, snowiest month, is also one of the busiest and richest in the arts. What’s happening tonight, this week, or this month? For starters, the Walker’s January calendar is jammed with six exhibitions. One of these exhibits includes Latinx movement artist Miguel Gutierrez’s second Walker commission, “This Bridge Called My Ass,” based in part on the 1981 feminist anthology “This Bridge Called My Back: Writings by Radical Women of Color.” Check it out from Jan. 16-18. Tickets and more information here.

Looking for something not so local? Pack your bags for a spring getaway to Indio, California for Coachella 2020. The new year brings a new festival lineup for the massive music festival that’s taking place from April 10 to 12 and April 17 to 20. You can expect to see an impressive lineup with headliners – such as Frank Ocean, Travis Scott and, as expected, Rage Against the Machine – gracing the stages of the Coachella Valley. The list also includes a variety of Latinx artists including Jessie Reyez, Chicano Batman, and more.

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We’re Queen B and Aya. Communications Specialists at NewPublica by day, still ringing in the New Year by night. Have articles you would like to share or general suggestions? Feel free to shoot us an email at info@newpublica.com. Or subscribe below to keep up with all the latest news.